What we’re reading
- Electric taxis have arrived in London.
- This guy made his shed the top rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.
- Londoners hang scarves for the homeless.
- London's Lumiere Festival reveals 10 new installations for 2018.
Things to do
COSMIC SUPERHEROES: Forget what you've seen in the movies, the real superheroes are right here in the real world. Comedian Josie Long, physicist Helen Czerski and poet Salena Godden are among the faces you'll see in this exhibition of women who have excelled in their profession. Conway Hall, free, just turn up, 8 December-31 January
WILDLIFE WALK: Feeling groggy this morning? A brisk group walk around these beautifully serene marshes should sort you out. Rainham Marshes, £5/£2 child, just turn up, 10am
CROYDON WINTER FESTIVAL: Croydonites don't have to travel far to get their festive fix as a new winter festival opens today. There's a covered ice rink, dodgem cars, a Santa's Runaway Roller Coaster, a Bavarian-style bar for the adults and Santa's grotto for the kids. Ashburton Park, free entry, just turn up, noon-10pm, until 2 January
GLAMOUR ON ICE: There'll be no shakey starts or wobbly legs on this rink as professional ice dancer Yvette Mauback-Lang and her team take to the ice. Devonshire Square, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1.20pm
AFRICAN CHRISTMAS MARKET: The scent of African and Caribbean food wafting through the Union Yard Arches should be enough to get your attention. Once you've filled your face, browse fashion and jewellery stalls, visit Santa's grotto and listen to the gospel choir. Great Suffolk Street, free, just turn up, 4pm, until 10 December
BRIXTON BURLESQUE SHOW: If it's debauchery your after, shimmy on up to the South Pole Saloon, where burlesque bombshell Dinah Might is tonight's entertainment. Visitors can also have a 'glamour puss' makeover and browse lingerie at Rosie von Boschan's pop-up. Brixton Rooftop, £19-£24, book ahead, 5pm-9pm
HAPPY ENDINGS: Loosen your belts and pull up a seat at this supper club, where supper means four (yes FOUR) courses of desserts, all washed down with organic wine. Happy Endings Dessert Bar (Old Spitalfields Market), £40, book ahead, various times
CONCRETE SOLDIERS: Get the low down on the social cleansing sweeping across some of London's council estates in this new documentary from Nikita Woolfe. Cinema Museum, £10, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
POP-UP SCREENS: Make like Lucy and enter this wardrobe into a snow-dusted winter wonderland, you won't find Aslan here but you can settle in for a screening of Elf. Hackney Showroom, £20/£10 under 10s, book ahead, 7.30pm
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Dust off your Santa hats and treat your ears to some festive favourites and lesser-known melodies performed by London City Voices, a 350-strong choir who know how to party. (The post-concert celebrations continue until 2am). Troxy, £15, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
Good cause of the day: Party at this concert for creatives
Settle in for a night of music, carols, spoken word and networking at this concert in aid of The Haven + London, a charity focused solely on helping struggling creatives. St Giles in the Fields Church, £10 donation, book ahead, 7.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets